Run Until Apprehended

Cheryl Herbert, Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for OhioHealth, envisioned a hospital that would revolutionize healthcare delivery.  She encouraged the design team to take measured risks and use an evidence-based process from which to launch innovative concepts.  She coined the phrase “run until apprehended” to remind the project team of the unique opportunity at hand.  Guided by Herbert’s visionary leadership, the entire team set out to design spaces in support of a new culture and thus “redefine the way patient care is provided.”

In the article Fable Hospital 2.0: The Business Case for Building Better Health Care Facilities, Herbert contributes a case study on Dublin Methodist Hospital.  She describes the process of building the new facility and employing an evidence-based design methodology.  She credits Rosalyn Cama for successfully leading the team through the process. Herbert writes,

“When planning began in 2004, it was apparent that evidence-based design could help to achieve many of our goals.  We became aware of evidence-based design from Rosalyn Cama, a consultant on our architectural team who supported its use and employed its principles.” 

The resulting 94-bed hospital blurs the boundaries between inside and outside with accessible outdoor gardens, plentiful views, and ample amounts of daylight. Mobile greeters welcome visitors upon arrival, and this careful attention to the patient and family experience extends throughout the building. Patient rooms are private, acuity-adaptable, and like-handed. With no set visiting hours and comfortable accommodations, family members quickly become an integral part of the care team. Distributed care stations called perches and touchdown areas for ancillary staff called pods increase staff efficiency and thus time at the bedside.

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